I mentioned this morning that I was taking my vitamin C and it got me thinking about dietary supplements. Who takes them, what to they take, and how do people feel about them?
I for one think it’s extremely important to get as much, if not all, of your vitamins and minerals from a variety of nutritious foods. The vitamins and minerals that we find in food are what’s best for our body and there’s no getting around that.
I also know that it’s sometimes really difficult to get 100% of everything from food without eating too much, and that sometimes people need more of a certain vitamin than others. Which is where those supplements come in.
Everybody’s body is different, and no two plans for healthy living will ever look the same, but I wanted to share with you what I take to try and keep myself as healthy as possible. And why I do it. (Side note: I got a new camera for my birthday from my lovely parents and so I’m still toying with it. Please bear with me for a while until the pictures are perfect.)
1) Food, lots of it. Specifically, the delicious kind. I find it’s easier to stomach than the gross stuff 😉
2) Calcium supplements:
Here’s an article about calcium from the CDC website that explains it much more in depth, but basically, calcium is the most abundant mineral in our bodies and necessary for healthy bones. As a runner and, more specifically, a woman, I know how important it is to have healthy bones because if these bones can’t support me, there’s no way I’m running! I also have very severe osteoporosis on one side of my family and I’ve read that there’s a chance it can be hereditary. Calcium absorption of woman begins to slow down after a woman’s 20s so I take it now to offset my risk for later bone density loss as much as possible.
3) Vitamin C:
You can read here about how vitamin C is important is not only a healthy immune system, but also in wounds healing and healthy teeth and gums. My only reason for taking Vitamin C is that I’m a preschool teacher and have learned, from experience, that if I don’t take Vitamin C everyday I will pick up every little germ my babies have and be sick all the time. This is particularly true in the colder months when my students are little snot-producing factories. It comes with the territory of early childhood. (I also take gummy vitamin C because if I’m going to take a vitamin every day, why can’t it taste like candy?)
This is the most recent supplement that I have added to my diet, within the last year or so. Glucosamine helps in the creation of cartilage, something we runners can always use more of. I have had minor issues with my knees since I was about 10 years old (a testament to my chubby girl upbringing) and I like taking the glucosamine to help my body in forming cartilage. Thankfully, losing weight as an adult and running/stretching/adopting a generally healthy lifestyle has helped out in my knee problems a ton!
Now you know what I put in my body to keep it going daily. One thing I don’t do is take a daily multi-vitamin. It feels like cheating and I really want to try to eat the most well-rounded diet I can to get essential nutrients in my body.
Do you take any dietary supplements? If not, why not?
If you do, what do you take?
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, or a nutritionist, and I am not telling anyone to do or take any of the things I do or take. I’m only doing what’s best for my body and mine alone. We’re all different; figure out what works for you.